The ecology sector includes biodiversity, mitigation and consultancy
roles e.g. Ecological Clerk of Works and advice provision also fieldwork
such as bat surveys and EIA.
Ecological roles can be found in all
habitat types, from open moorland or ancient woodland to coastal and
marine settings looking at everything from natterjack toads to lichens
to the impact of a potential windfarm development.
Provision of ecological consultancy is a growing area and one in
which you can be a generalist covering whole ecosystems to specialists
looking specifically at one, usually protected, species e.g. Great
Crested Newts or bats. Developments, both large e.g. HS2 and the York
Potash Woodsmith mine, and small e.g. house extensions / barn
conversions, are being created every day many of which require site
surveys for planning applications meaning this is a field with plenty of
Occasionally there are also pure research opportunities which
sometimes can be combined with further study such as gaining your PhD.
Jobs and employment
Typical jobs include
Ecological Clerk of Works, Field Worker, Researcher, Environmental
Management Consultant, the National Careers Service has role
profiles of these and many more.
See current vacancies advertised with CJS here.
To gain the experience required volunteering is frequently a
See current volunteering opportunities advertised with CJS here.
Skills, training and CPD.
There are many different skills and qualifications required to work
in the ecology field however a degree in ecology or closely related
subject is usually required.
If you're thinking of a career in ecology there are details
of longer courses, from foundation certifications to more specialised
Masters Degrees on the
Training Directory here.
There is a range of Distance Learning courses in a range of subjects
such as statistics for ecologists, field techniques for surveying and
see these here.
Information and in depth articles
Many of the below articles appeared in CJS Focus on Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity in association with the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). Published 20 September 2021
Win-win for people and nature, Ecosystems Knowledge Network
Arbtech MD Robert Oates highlights how ecologists can boost their employability
Early Career Ecologists and Exploitation, The Ecology Co-op
So you want to become an ecologist?, Ecology Academy
Day in the Life of an Ecologist, Total Ecology
A closer look at the life of an early career ecologist, Julia Kozlowska
Life on the Edge - Working for Nature and Well-being in Outer London, Harrow Council
Careers in the Ecology and Environmental Sector, CIEEM
Careers in Ecology & Biodiversity: What can you do to progress your career?, British Ecological Society
Born to be Wild – The skills you need to work in conservation and biodiversity, Ecology Training UK
A Day in the Life of an Ecologist, Arbtech
Getting ahead in ecology: what many ecologists don’t know they don’t know…, Career Ecologists
A bat’s best friend, Paws for Conservation
Getting into Ecological Consultancy: Degree vs Experience, Caledonian Conservation
The Increase in Road Verge Wilding and the Role of Native Flora, Joshua Styles
Making the leap into self-employment, Ecology on Demand
Interview Skills, Contract Ecology Ltd
Bat's are hibernating - we are not, Bat Conservation Trust
Why Bats Matter, published
Bat Conservation Trust
Working and volunteering in amphibian research, British
The Bass Rock, Scottish Seabird Centre
British Ecological Society
Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Managers